The global spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has changed all our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined only a few months ago. Here are some updates from the MHCC from pre-COVID-19 times, December 2019 up to March 2020, when we operated as usual.
On 26 January 2020, our Commissioner, Dr Lynne Coulson Barr, received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to community mental health and roles in disability, dispute resolution and tribunals. She said: 'I am personally honoured and humbled to receive this award, but most importantly it recognises that our work in complaints and dealing with people’s concerns about mental health services is an important service to both individuals and the community.'
In February 2020 we appointed our new Deputy Commissioner, Maggie Toko. Maggie is a lived experience leader who brings a wealth of wisdom and expertise to the MHCC, including extensive experience in senior management and service delivery in community mental health and the welfare sector more broadly. Maggie has taken a year’s leave of absence from her role as CEO of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) to join the MHCC.
Please note: From 1 July 2020, there will be a change to the role of the Commissioner. The Victorian Government has made a decision that one person will hold the dual roles of Mental Health Complaints Commissioner and Disability Services Commissioner (DSC). Announcements will be made shortly.
Reviewed 07 January 2021